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Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth and mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain?

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Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental health, mental wealth and mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain?

Send inquiries and questions to:

TheFriendZone@loudspeakersnetwork.com

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    Episodes Keep Slippin' Away From Me

    Episodes Keep Slippin' Away From Me

    On this week's episode of #TheFriendZone, we're hanging out and shooting the shit. And sad af because we recorded a hilarious episode that was lost this week.

    Black Business of the Week - Mercy Life Apparel https://www.instagram.com/mercylifeandapparel

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    US Bank - This episode is brought to you by ‘Real Good,’ a podcast by U.S. Bank. When COVID-19 hit, U.S. Bank rushed to help people in need by identifying problems the virus created, and highlighting the intersectional nature of issues our communities face every day. Listen to the stories of those doing good, and those whose lives have been changed forever by their work every Wednesday, starting July 1st. Subscribe to Real Good wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Time Keeps Slippin' Away From Me

    Time Keeps Slippin' Away From Me

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, it’s the Assanté Smith takeover. We discuss whether or not 2020 has shifted our concept of time and how that will change our lives moving forward.

    Black Business of the Week - Seasonings and Rubs https://www.masterflier.com

    Wellness Segment - Restorative Yoga for Collective Trauma - Yoga by Biola https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFeTH2eox1o&t=1699s

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    US Bank - This episode is brought to you by ‘Real Good,’ a podcast by U.S. Bank. When COVID-19 hit, U.S. Bank rushed to help people in need by identifying problems the virus created, and highlighting the intersectional nature of issues our communities face every day. Listen to the stories of those doing good, and those whose lives have been changed forever by their work every Wednesday, starting July 1st. Subscribe to Real Good wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Talkspace - We all have something we’re working on. It could be a career change, finding a partner, or procrastinating less. The hard part isn’t identifying your goals - It’s taking action. Luckily, Talkspace online therapy can match you with a licensed therapist from the comfort of your phone or computer. Receive support and accountability every day to talk through challenges and stay on track with whatever you’re working toward. One month on Talkspace costs about the same amount as a single in-person therapy session. But with Talkspace, you can send unlimited messages to your therapist and they’ll engage with you at least 5 days a week. And, Talkspace is secure and private, using the latest encryption technology to store client information. The bottom line is that we all need to talk sometimes and Talkspace wants to give more the support we deserve, at a price we can afford. As a listener of this podcast, you can get $100 off your first month on Talkspace. To match with your perfect therapist, go to https://www.talkspace.com or download the app.

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Williamson Hicks 2020

    Williamson Hicks 2020

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, it’s the Dustin Ross Pop Culture rundown. We discuss everything from Jada and August to Lil Wayne and 50 Cent.

    Black Business of the Week: The Genoa Company https://instagram.com/thegenoaco?igshid=gtp9h736v3m7

    Wellness Segment: The Barrio Fridge https://www.gofundme.com/f/TheBarrioFridge?utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email+4904-welcome-wp-v5

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    US Bank - This episode is brought to you by ‘Real Good,’ a podcast by U.S. Bank. When COVID-19 hit, U.S. Bank rushed to help people in need by identifying problems the virus created, and highlighting the intersectional nature of issues our communities face every day. Listen to the stories of those doing good, and those whose lives have been changed forever by their work every Wednesday, starting July 1st. Subscribe to Real Good wherever you get your podcasts.

    Ben & Jerry’s - The Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Gurus have taken a big leap this time. Their new Non-dairy flavors are the perfect sweet treats for vegans, vegetarians and everyone in between! Check out the Ben & Jerry’s sunflower butter lineup, and the whole Non-Dairy family at https://www.benjerry.com

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    The Covert Overt

    The Covert Overt

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, we share our experiences with overt, covert and systemic racism. Stories ranging from trying to get apartments in NYC, racist co-workers, bosses and teachers gaslighting us, to traveling to white neighborhoods for groceries.

    Black Business of the Week: https://seeinblack.com

    Wellness Segment: Bookclub pick for July - The Spirit of Intimacy by Sobonfu Somé

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    Ben & Jerry’s - Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Gurus have taken a big leap this time. Their three new Non-dairy flavors are the perfect sweet treats for vegans, vegetarians and everyone in between! Check out the Ben & Jerry’s sunflower butter lineup, and the whole Non-Dairy family at https://www.benjerry.com

    US Bank - This episode is brought to you by Real Good by U.S. Bank. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit, people and businesses alike stepped up to provide relief to those in need. US Bank was at the forefront of that effort. They partnered with nonprofits around the country, donating millions to communities fighting to survive. But while Coronavirus created struggles we’ve never seen before, but it also shined a light on problems our communities face every day. Intersectional problems concerning race, wealth, health, education and so much more. To make a better world, to do real good, we need to learn from the experiences of those in the communities we serve and address the concerns underneath the surface. Each episode of the new podcast, Real Good, tells the stories of people that are truly making an impact, and the people whose lives were changed by their efforts. Listen and subscribe to Real Good wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Have a GREAT day!

    • 2 hr 18 min
    Ol' Boy From Beale Street

    Ol' Boy From Beale Street

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, it’s a shoot the shit episode. No hot button. No segments. Just whatever comes up. Brace yourselves.

    Black Business of the Week - Black Owned Online Plant Shops https://www.instagram.com/p/CBb7SmdFPes

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    Ben & Jerry’s - The Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Gurus have taken a big leap this time. Their new Non-dairy flavors are the perfect sweet treats for vegans, vegetarians and everyone in between. Check out the Ben & Jerry’s sunflower butter lineup, and the whole Non-Dairy family at benjerry.com.

    Daily Harvest - Now more than ever, it’s important to eat right. And Daily Harvest makes it easy. They’ll keep your house fully stocked with clean food built on whole fruits and vegetables. Daily Harvest delivers delicious, clean food right to your door. Everything stays fresh in your freezer until you’re ready to enjoy it and takes just a few minutes to prepare. You don’t have to overthink any of your meals for the week because they have delicious options for any time of day: smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, flatbreads, and more! Daily Harvest never uses preservatives, added sugar, or artificial ingredients. They work directly with farms and they freeze organic fruits and vegetables at peak ripeness to lock in nutrients and taste. Daily Harvest is also committed to minimizing their environmental impact. They’re in the process of transitioning to 100% compostable, recyclable packaging and are over 50% of the way there already
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    US Bank - This episode is brought to you by Real Good by U.S. Bank. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit, people and businesses alike stepped up to provide relief to those in need. US Bank was at the forefront of that effort. They partnered with nonprofits around the country, donating millions to communities fighting to survive. But while Coronavirus created struggles we’ve never seen before, but it also shined a light on problems our communities face every day. Intersectional problems concerning race, wealth, health, education and so much more. To make a better world, to do real good, we need to learn from the experiences of those in the communities we serve and address the concerns underneath the surface. Each episode of the new podcast, Real Good, tells the stories of people that are truly making an impact, and the people whose lives were changed by their efforts. Listen and subscribe to Real Good wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ol' Boy From Amistad

    Ol' Boy From Amistad

    On this week’s episode of #TheFriendZone, it’s the Assante Smith takeover. We discuss the pros and cons of being social media entrepreneurs and general everyday users. As well as some new “data integrity” policies that may change the way we use the internet forever.

    Watch The Friend Zone Live on IGTV - https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBRvuT5gwIU

    Black Business of the Week - https://www.theokraproject.com

    Wellness Segment - (All Natural) Creamy Squeeze Tube Deodorant https://lonedeodorant.com

    Thank you to our Sponsors:

    Ben & Jerry’s - Check out the Ben & Jerry’s sunflower butter lineup, and the whole Non-Dairy family at https://www.benjerry.com

    Talkspace - I think all of us are dealing with stress right now, whether it’s the isolation, canceled summer plans or economic stress. We all have something on our minds, and it’s important to talk it out. Talking helps, plain and simple. Talkspace online therapy helps you do just that. Match with a licensed therapist from the comfort of your home and get the support you need on your own schedule. Talk to your therapist 24/7 from your computer or phone and hear back daily. One month on Talkspace costs about the same amount as a single in-person therapy session. But with Talkspace you can send unlimited messages to your therapist and they’ll engage with you at least five days a week. Talkspace therapists have experience treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and much more. It’s secure and private using the latest encryption technology to store client info. Use promo code ZONE to get $100 off your first month and help support the show. That’s https://www.talkspace.com promo code ZONE.

    Okay, Now Listen - Support for The Friend Zone comes from Okay, Now Listen, a new podcast from Netflix and Strong Black Lead – hosted by real-life friends and culture Queens, Sylvia Obell and Scottie Beam. Each episode drops bi-weekly and is a dose of what’s on their minds, what they’re binging, and what’s been blowing up the timeline. These queens cover everything from seeing your ex be a better partner to someone else, to handling grief and trauma during quarantine. They also have the best Netflix recommendations – from Peaky Blinders, to All-American, this duo has you covered. And every once and a while you’ll get the chance to listen to some exclusive celebrity interviews. New episodes drop every other Thursday anywhere you can get podcasts, so what are you waiting for? Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Pocketcasts or wherever else you listen to podcasts. And while you’re at it, follow @strongblacklead on social to stay up-to-date and find out more

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    • 1 hr 52 min

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